Northumberland Plate meeting beats the rain

Racegoers enjoy the sunshine in the build up to the race. Credit: ITV News

One of the biggest events in the region's sporting calendar managed to go ahead despite being threatened by the freak weather conditions.

The Northumberland plate meeting took place at Newcastle racecourse this afternoon with "Il de Rey" claiming victory.

The race first started in 1833 and has been known since as the "pitmen's derby".

A huge clean up operation had to be done after Thursday's storm flooded the racecourse. But there was some sunshine for the racegoers this afternoon.

Il de Rey clinched victory in the 3.20pm race to take the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle racecourse. Credit: Channel 4